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NIGERIA 1-1 EGYPT: SALAH STEALS LATE EQUALISER

The AS Roma striker scored in stoppage time
to save Hector Cuper’s side's blushes after
Etebo Oghenekaro’s goal looked like it had
given the Eagles the win
Mohammed Salah scored a late equaliser to
rescue Egypt from defeat as they drew 1-1
in their third Africa Cup of Nations
qualifying game against Nigeria.

Etebo Oghenekaro slotted past Ahmed El-
Shennawi to give Samson Siasia’s side a
deserved lead against the Pharaohs who were
dogged in defence.

Kelechi Iheanacho hit the crossbar with a
fierce shot and the Warri Wolves midfielder
tuck home the rebound to north Africans’
dismay.

Nigeria thought they had won the game in
the 90th minute when Salah beat the offside
trap to fire past impressive Carl Ikeme to
save Hector Cuper’s side from defeat.
Super Eagles continue to trail Group G
leaders Pharaohs by two points,
while Tanzania are back up to third in the
table, three points adrift Egypt in the race
to Gabon 2017.

Samson Siasia’s men struggled for rhythm in
the early stages of the match as they often
gave the ball away cheaply in the final third
of the pitch, with Simon Moses being
particularly wasteful when in an advanced
position.

Egypt should have taken the lead when
Ahmed Hassan was played behind the Eagles’
defence and put one-on-one with Ikeme but
he couldn’t find the target firing his left-
footed shot wide of the post.

The home side were looking dangerous and
Cuper’s men were grateful to El-Shennawi
who made a great block to deny Ahmed
Musa’s goal-bound effort after the striker
had found space inside the area.
Nigeria finally carved out an opening in the
34th minute when Simon raided down the
right and hit a sublime cross towards the
penalty spot where he found Ighalo who
headed the ball towards goal but El-
Shennawi made an excellent save.

Iheanacho and Mikel were struggling to take
control of the midfield with many misplaced
passes which often put the visitors on the
back. Efe Ambrose nearly made them pay
for one mistake when the hosts hit them on
the counter but his shot from outside the
area hit the bar before going over.
Nigeria came out in the second half with
more impetus and Iheanacho, who was
anonymous for most of the opening period,
came to life and found saw his effort kiss
the cross bar before Oghenekaro tapped
home.

The Eagles were really starting to hit their
stride and should have doubled the lead
through Ighalo but he somehow missed the
target from just five yards after being
expertly found by Musa with a pinpoint cross.
Despite Nigeria’s dominance in the second-
half, Egypt still looked dangerous on the
break and Elneny almost pulled his side
back after being put behind the Eagles’
defence but Godfrey Oboabona was equal to
his shot making a good save to turn the ball
past the post.

However Nigeria’s joy of victory was short-
lived when Etebo turned villain as he played
Salah onside in stoppage time and the Roma
winger volleyed into the net from six-yards
to save the Pharaohs from succumbing to
defeat.